8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Vietnamese dishes such as fried spring rolls, bun cha, pho or bread are so famous all over the world. Nowadays, Vietnamese cuisine is not only popular but also has received a lot of praises from international visitors as well as the world press. Here are the most delicious Vietnamese dishes which are all on the list of the best dishes in the world.

Fried spring rolls (Nem)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Formally, Vietnam spring rolls are not attractively decorated, but when tasting it, no one can refuse the flavor of this incredible dish. A crispy rice paper combined with various sweet, fatty ingredients inside creates the perfect taste for the dish. Especially, the dish is much tastier when you enjoy it together with sweet fish sauce and salads.


8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Mentioning about Vietnamese cuisine, it is obvious when we talk about “Pho”. Pho and its delicious flavor appear in so many food magazines. Moreover, it has become the favorite dish of many professional chefs. Pho is also praised in almost Vietnamese restaurants located in foreign countries. A delicious bowl of Pho makes every visitor surprised and fall in love immediately with an attractive smell and a great taste. This is the most famous dish of Vietnam formed from the 20th century in the North. From different parts of the country, pho is changed in some small ingredients. In Hanoi, pho is sweeter and in Ho Chi Minh City, it was eaten with more fresh vegetables.


8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

In 2014, Vietnamese bread has created a new trend of street food around the world. Therefore, it was obvious that it became the top 20 most delicious street food in the world voted by The Huffington Post. The bread is always full of grilled meat, cucumbers, herbs and egg sauce with the crispy crust. Surprisingly, the price of one bread is super cheap. Only with approximately 15 thousand VND, you can have a super-delicious bread.

Bun cha

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Voted by National Geographic in 2014, Bun cha in Hanoi is on the list of 10 best street food in the world. Bun cha recipe is not complicated but how to make the tasty fried and unburned meat is not easy. Visitors are so satisfied when they enjoy noodles with the hot meat and salads with delicious sauce. Bun cha is loved not only by Vietnamese people, but it also creates a great impression on international travelers

Spring rolls (Goi cuon)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Besides pho, spring rolls are wonderful Vietnamese dishes which are on the list of 50 world's most delicious dishes of CNN. Spring rolls are very easy to make. You can use the rice paper wrapping shrimps, meat, vegetables and other components together, and then roll them. After that, you enjoy it with a bowl of sweet and sour sauce. Interestingly, after only 2 steps, you can cook the most delicious dish ever. In addition to the incredible taste, spring rolls are also attracted customers by its beautiful look and cheap price

Baked sticky banana

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

At the General Meeting of street food held in Singapore in 2013, baked sticky bananas were voted as the most favorite food. Sweet bananas with soft rice and an attractive smell from coconuts and peanuts are special factors making visitors never forget this dish. If you want to cook a dish of baked sticky banana, it is very simple. You use thin steamed rice slightly covering a piece of bananas, and then grille it by coals. When enjoying this dish, you should put a little coconut milk and peanuts to the surface. That way will make the dish more delicious

Bun Bo Hue (Hue style beef noodle soup)

8 Must-try Dishes in Vietnam

Hue style beef noodle is presented and sold in all parts of the country. It has become the popular dish of both Vietnamese and foreign people. This noodle soup is outstanding with the sweetness from beef bones. The soup is always full of beef, pork, banana flowers, and herbs. A famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain had to say: "Bun bo Hue is the most delicious soups in the world" when he had the opportunity to taste this beef noodle in Dong Ba market, Hue.

Vietnam pancake dish is very well-known in the world. Two American CNN writers specializing in food also gave a lot of praises for this street food. Delicious pancakes are attracted all visitors by golden and shining crusts. The ingredients hidden inside are shrimps, pork, beans served together with herbs and tasty sauces.

Vietnamese cuisine has become more and more famous and popular all over the world. It is the most outstanding evidence that Vietnam owns one of the best cuisines on earth. Vietnamese people also feel satisfied and proud of when the flavor of Vietnamese food is recognized and highly ranked on many reputable world magazines.

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Major Holidays in Vietnam

Vietnam is a religious country with a lot of Chinese influence, having been a part of Imperial China for more than a millennium. It is truly not surprising why most of their major religious holidays are similar to those of the Chinese.

Tet Holiday

Tet Holiday - Major Holidays in Vietnam

Date: Every 1st to 3rd day of the lunar New Year
Tet, or Tet Nguyen Dan which means ‘Feast of the First Morning of the First Day’, is among the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture. It is often celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year or on the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar, which is around late January or early February, until around the third day.
During this occasion, most people would visit relatives or temples, worship ancestors, wish New Year’s greetings, give out lucky money to children and the elderly or eat special holiday food such as gio, banh chung, banh day, canh mang and sticky rice.

Vietnamese Teachers’ Day

Date: Every 20th of November
First celebrated in 1958 as the Day of the International Manifest of Educators, this holiday is used by students to pay respect to their teachers. Often, the students would visit the house of their teachers and offer flowers and other small gifts. Teachers are also presented with literature and art as well as food and flowers during the parties that are held in many schools.

Hung Kings Commemorations

Date: Every 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month
Every 8th to 11th day of the third lunar month, Vietnamese people would pay tribute to the Hung Kings who are considered as founders of the country and who were also the first emperors. The main festival day for the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings is a public holiday which falls on the 10th. It is celebrated by doing a procession that starts at the foot of the mountain going to the High Temple but making a stop at every small temple along the way. During this ceremony, people would usually offer prayers and incense to their dead ancestors.

Ghost Festival

Date: Every 15th day of the 7th Chinese month
The Vietnamese view the Tet Trung Nguyen as the time when condemned souls are pardoned and are released from hell. In order to appease the ‘homeless’, the living would have to feed these souls through offerings of food. The month in which this festival takes place is also called Thang Co Hon, which is considered to be haunted and a very unlucky time of the year.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Date: Every 15th day of the 8th month of the Vietnamese calendar
The Tet Trung Thu is considered as the second most important public holiday next to the Tet. The Mid-Autumn celebrations in the northern parts of Vietnam often come with elegant features; the one in Central Vietnam have funny details while those in Southern Vietnam come full of warning. Lion dances are often being performed from house to house and the hosts usually give lucky money to the lions as a form of gratitude. This festival is also known as Children’s Festival in the country because of its emphasis towards children.

Dien Bien Phu Victory Day

Date: Every 7th of May
This day commemorates the confrontation between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the revolutionaries of the Viet Minh communist organization. The Viet Minh’s victory then led to the signing of the Geneva Accords in 1954. The French later withdrew all its forces in French Indochina and the Indochina war ended shortly after the victory.

Liberation Day / Reunification Day

Date: Every 30th of April
Also called the Fall of Saigon, Reunification or Liberation Day is celebrated by the Vietnamese every 30th of April. This date in 1975 was when the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, which is now Ho Chi Minh City, and signaled the end of the Vietnam War. The significant event then marked the country’s transition period as North and South Vietnam merged into what is now the Vietnam that we know today.

President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Date: Every 19th of May
As the father of the communist revolution and the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, there is a lot to celebrate about Ho Chi Minh. His founding of the Viet Minh Independent Movement in 1941 led to further victories for the Vietnamese, including getting taking back the control of many villages and then later on declaring the country’s independence from its French colonizers. Ho Chi Minh is considered as a national hero and state leaders would lay wreaths on his mausoleum to celebrate his birthday.

Remembrance Day (War Invalids and Martyrs Day)

Date: Every 27th of July
Otherwise known as the Martyrs or Wounded Soldiers’ Day, this is the time to remember and honor those who have died in service or have been injured during the Vietnam War and other military engagements both in and out of the country. Wreath-laying ceremonies are often held in military cemeteries and war memorials while veterans and invalids from the Vietnam War are also given tribute.

August Revolution Commemoration Day

Date: Every 19th of August
The August General Uprising was the revolution spearheaded by the communist organization Viet Minh against the colonial rule of the French back in 1945. Within just two weeks from the start of the uprising, the organization was already able to take control of many of the villages in North, Center and South Vietnam. It was the August Revolution that paved the way for the declaration of independence on September 2 , therefore creating a new government for the country.

National Day

Date: Every 2nd of September
The country’s national day is a commemoration of Vietnam’s declaration of independence from its French colonizers. During this day in 1945, communist Viet Minh organization leader Ho Chi Minh declared the country’s independence under the name of Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) in Ba Dinh Square.

Lose Yourself in the Natural Havens of Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands boasts of sceneries full of nature and greenery. A booming tourist destination, Port Blair is the first choice of people when it comes to go on a long vacation with family and friends. From its unique Anthropological Museum to the bird’s haven Chidiya Tapu and a pristine Jolly Buoy Island, there is something for everyone in Port Blair. Just book your Chennai to Port Blair flights and get ready to have a mesmerizing experience. Here are a few places you must visit while in Port Blair.

Cellular Jail: The jail played an important role in freedom struggle of India. The jail used to house the Indian revolutionaries who wanted freedom from the British. One of the most secure jails in the world, it was real tough to escape and those who used to escape died while crossing the Indian Ocean. During the WWII it was occupied by Japanese forces but later Subhash Chandra Bose used it as the base for Ajad Hind Fauj. Even now you can see the execution and torture rooms there including a beautiful garden that has been created inside the compound of Cellular Jail.

Ross Island: Located just 2km from Port Blair, Ross Island is famous for it’s Victorian era remnants. There you can see the various old buildings like Presbyterian Church, an old home bakery, a state ball room and various other remnants that remind you of the past era. There’s also a museum maintained by Indian Navy that showcases various photos of Ross Island’s glorious past. The most interesting part of the island are the tunnels and bunkers that were constructed by the Japanese army during the World War II. With tickets priced at just Rs 20 per person, the museum must be visited by people who want to know more about the history of British occupied India.

Chidiya Tapu: Situated just 20 km from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu is a small island that is famous for housing various species of birds. The place is a natural haven with lush green forests and green mangroves covering a huge expanse of area. Top of it all there is a guest house present there that offers marvelous views of sunset as well as the island. Consisting of pristine blue water you can see colorful corals and fishes with a beautiful experience of snorkelling. Visit Port Blair in the months of October to March to have an amazing time at Chidiya Tapu.

Anthropological Museum: Maintained by Anthropological Survey of India, the museum is one of the most visited places in Port Blair. The museum showcases the lifestyle of tribals and their culture. With a collection of various weapons and tools that are used by the tribals you get know about how they used to hunt and find food for themselves. You will also get to see the collection of various things that showcase the history of the island archipelago.

Jolly Buoy Island: With so many amazing places to visit in Port Blair go there with abundant time at your hands so that you can enjoy each every view at a relaxed pace. However, book your tickets on Chennai to Port Blair flights in advance so as to beat the rush and high airfares. 

Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

Visitors in Northern area do not need to go too far to relax, just coming to the waters of Quynh in Nghe An, you can enjoy the wild and peaceful beauty of a stretching sea area with 7 beaches located adjacent to each other. Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days.

Quynh Sea is not the name of a beach, in fact, it is a general term which indicates the 7 contiguous beaches in 7 communes of Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province. The beaches are named Quynh Phuong, Quynh Lien, Quynh Bang, Quynh Luong, Quynh Minh, Quynh Nghia and Tien Thuy which are about 230 km from Hanoi. Going along Highway 1A, you have to spend only 5-6 hours to reach immense Quynh sea.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

If you want to go to a deserted sea, you can visit Quynh Phuong beach because this place is still untouched, you can camp here to have fun and dance. Also, Quynh Phuong sea is famous for delicious, fresh and affordable food. And if you are a superstitious person, you can come here to pilgrimage in Con temple which is one of the four most sacred temples in Nghe An. The most appropriate time to visit Quynh Phuong is from May to August.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

The suggested schedule for a two day trip to Quynh Huong beach in Nghe An is as follows:

Day 1

- 8 am: you depart from Hanoi, go along highway Phap Van - Cau Gie, turn to Ninh Binh to go to Thanh Hoa (for cars).

- Around 11 am, you are to be present in Thanh Hoa city to have lunch and have a rest.

- 12am: you continue going through Thanh Hoa to get to the town of Hoang Mai. This town is very easy to be found and it is located near the quarry of Hoang Mai on the side of the road. In Hoang Mai town, you ask local people for the way to Quynh Phuong beach or Con temple. Turning left to the inter-commune road of 6 km long, you will encounter Quynh Phuong sea.

- Around 2pm: You find the hotel and carry out check in procedure. Currently, Bien Sang hotel offers the rental of 350,000 to 500,000 VND for a large room for 3nguoi / night or you can rent affordable guesthouses near the coast.

- In the afternoon, you'll love the sea of Quynh Phuong in the first sight, the blue sea is reflected by color of clouds, the sea waves in the windless day is gentle. You will also see the small boats running around the beach to catch acetes (a creature like a sea small shrimps which is called “moi” by Nghe An people).
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

- On the coast, there are many relatively inexpensive seafood restaurant such as Lam Thinh restaurant... Another available option to eat delicious seafood is that you should go to Quynh Nghia beach nearby. There are two well-known restaurants here that are Hai Hien and Quyet Ngoc restaurants.

Day 2:

- 5 am: you up early to see the sunrise, swim or visit Quynh Phuong fish market and fishing village. Unlike other seas where are exploited for tourism, Quynh Phuong sea retains the pristine beauty which easily captivates people.
Discovering the Wild Quynh Beach in 2 Days

- The food for breakfast such as sticky rice, burgers here are cheap when you buy from local residents, or you can eat egg noodles on the beach. You can also buy fresh seafood from fishermen and ask the staff in the hotel to process into delicious dishes.

- 10am: You can go on a pilgrimage in Con temple nearby. The temple is located adjacent to Lach Con sea door, in a charming scenery. This architecture consists of main temple (inner temple) and sub- temple (in the seaport). The temple is one of the four most sacred temples of Nghe An. Con temple has ancient architecture. Behind the temple, there are two high hillock spreading to two sides like the phoenix wings. On the two hills, there are two wells, according to legend, they are the phoenix eyes. Mai Giang river is on the right, Voi (Elephant) and Xuoc Mountains are in the front, and the Outer Temple behind facing the sea welcomes, protects and blesses the fishing boats with more shrimp, blesses the local fishermen’s safety.

- Around 11:30am: you carry out the check out procedure, have lunch and get on the car back to Hanoi.
- Around 18:30am: you will be in Hanoi, finish a trip full of fun and experiences.

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Eo Gio – A Masterpiece of Nature in Vietnam

If you have chance to go to Binh Dinh one time, especially when being led by the locals, you will be amazed by its natural beauty – an unspoiled beauty.

If you ask which place is the most beautiful in Binh Dinh, the locals will not be hesitating to answer that it is Eo Gio and Ky Co Beach.

Eo Gio belongs to the channel of Nhon Ly commune, Quy Nhon city, surrounded by mountain ranges with extremely spectacular. Because of its unique topography - hollow as saddles, located between two high mountains, people call it “Eo Gio”.

Eo Gio is idyllic and spectacular as others beaches in the Central area of Vietnam. It is like a miracle located amongst mountain ranges that you need to explore to reach there. Upon arrival, you will be fascinated by the blue water, mountain cliffs with strange shapes and by the peaceful feelings while lying on stones and listening the sound of sea.

Beside the cliff, there is plenty of interesting caves such as Ky Co Cave, Ba Nghe Cave which attract a lot of birds to live and nest. Around the channel, sometimes you will see herds of goats grazing, or a couple taking their wedding photos.

Because it is a fishing visit, but not a tourist attraction so the atmosphere is very calm and the locals are very hospitable. You should try to visit this place once this summer to feel how beautiful Vietnam is and explore masterpieces of nature by your own way.

In Ky Co, you will get rustic experiences, immerse in the pace of life of the locals, enjoy fresh seafood and admire the pristine beauty of the beach. This is experiences that any young people should have once in their life.

From Eo Gio, it takes you around 30 – 40 minutes to get Ky Co beach by boat or canoe. In Ky Co beach, you will be shock by the pristine and crystal-clear beauty of this place. The sea water is emerald with taciturn rocks flocking together to create various small “pools”.

You should visit Eo Gio from April to September when there is no storms and little wind in the heart of the beach.

To get to Eo Gio, you need to go through Thi Nai Bridge. As arrival in Nhon Hoi crossroad, turn towards the right side on the paved way around 5 kilometers to reach the center of Nhon Ly commune. Send your vehicle at the house of the local and walk around 100 meters.

Near the beach is a fishing village. You could pay a visit, interact with the locals, enjoy seafood, take a bath in the fresh water, or visit a pagoda with the Buddha image overlooking the sea.

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An Amazing Rocky Park in Hang Rai

With amazing natural scenery and unique geology, the rocky park of Hang Rai has become a new destination to explore in the map of backpackers in Ninh Thuan.

Depart from Nha Trang, you have to across the route of 100 km long through mountains, beaches and green paddy fields to reach Hang Rai.

From the distance, the rocky park with a rough rock appears with no special things. But when you put your foot on that rock, you will be amazed by the uniqueness that nature has arranged.

There are two sightseeing spots in Hang Rai. The first one is the beach with stacked stones which create small caves –home to some kind of fish. The name of Hang Rai was form from that time. The other spot is a large ancient complex of rock which floats on the sea creating a park of rock with different unusual shapes. It is the main destination attracting tourists to come to visit.

Hang Rai is located in Nui Chua National Park (Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan), only few kilometers from Vinh Hy landscape cluster and the area of four Binh: Binh Ba - Binh Hung - Binh Lap - Binh Tien.

Besides the blue sea, white sand, golden sunshine, delicious seafood, mountain pass roads is breathtakingly winding, Hang Rai as a gift that nature has generously offered to this beautiful land.

The complex of ancient stone is very large, divided into two floors. The upper floor is over 2m high with diverse shapes. At some places, there are hundreds pointed stones with 20 - 30cm high while at other places, there is the formation of smooth round shapes.

The lower floor is a large and flat rock surface. It is situated below sea level just a few centimeters so covered with clear waters.

In the area of Hang Rai, there are huge coral reefs. With a couple of diving equipment, dip yourself into the blue water; you can admire the colorful world of sea.

This place is also ideal for watching sunrise or sunset- a great time for photograph hunters to creat magical photos.

In addition to Hang Rai, at the National Park of Nui Chua, there are interesting activities including climbing mountain, camping, and tours to watch sea turtle to lay egg. This is a new and ideal stopover for the journey to explore the coastal route from Ninh Thuan to Khanh Hoa.

The way to Hang Rai with unspoiled beaches 
The panorama of Hang Rai rocky park
The area in Hang Rai where there are stacked stones creating small caves.
The simple wooden bridge helps tourists approach easily to the rock complex.

The surface of the rock complex has many unique shapes.

Strolling along the rock filed submerged in the water is a fascinating feeling.

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5 Must-Go Cafes When Traveling in Saigon (Part 2)

Oromia Coffee

Orimia styled as a Western coffee shop with exquisite architectural features, elegant but not too fussy colors. The café also attracts visitors by the romantic songs that whether sitting inside or outside, guests will hear the melodious tunes. At night, when the yellow lights are lit, the space will be transformed into a different world. Besides, the bar also provides a feeling of closeness to the nature when every corner is covered by the green of the trees. Even the first step into the Oromia, guests will see a fish pond and a stone path, leaving a feeling like being lost in unspoiled natural place. The café serve from traditional dishes to the sodas suit the youthful style, catch up with the trend. The average prices in the shop ranged from 2 to 7 USD.

Thuc Coffee

Thuc Coffee is an extremely popular address to any young people in Saigon. Considered the never sleep city, Saigon is bustling not only in the day time but only at night. It is not difficult to find a leisure place in the city even at the midnight. And Thuc Café is such a place. The bar has a modern and not too picky space which suitable for chatting or working through the night. This will be a worth-to-try experience where travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

3A Station Coffee

Similar to Zone 9 in Hanoi, 3A Station (No. 3A Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1) is a combination of entertaining area and contemporary art which has come into operation in the heart of Saigon in recent years. In addition to an exhibition space and a separate clothing area, there are many interesting stops to enjoy the delicious cakes at the Pacey Cupcakes or sip a cup of tea at Plan trip Cha.

Kokois coffee

With the beautiful and luxurious space, Kokois is considered one of the best artistic installations in Saigon. The space of the café is designed in a mezzanine bar in the style of a real store house with both the indoor and outdoor spaces. Decoration is a mark point with the industrial steel tables and transport container. Set foot inside, guests will feel like being lost in a totally separate world from nature and surrounding trees, creating a warm and airy atmosphere.

10 Sitting cafe Notre Dame

If would like to enjoy coffee at an open space, visitors can go to the Park April 30 (District 1), a place famous for the coffee. After finding a suitable seat, travelers can order a cup of coffee and watch the busy street. Sitting next to the church, visitors will hear all kinds of cheerful sounds of life, from the noise of the crowd,the people talking, the birds singing, to the voices of the peddlers. Sometimes guests will meet the street artists playing guitar and singing somewhere around.

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Sipping a cup of favored coffee and watching the busy streets will be pleasant experiences when traveling in the downtown of Saigon.

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The Saigon People

Located on the one-way street of Thai Van Lung (District 1), The Saigon People cafe is well known as a familiar house to welcome visitors who are looking for a peaceful place in the bustling city.The café is characterized by an impressive space of the old Saigon with blast walls, wooden doors, black and white televisions and the bicycle hung on the wall. Travelers come to the Saigon People can fresh up the mind and escape from the chaos of daily life in a quiet space with a variety of drinks. The average prices for dishes and drinks here just range from 2 – 4 USD.

Kujuz Coffee

Featuring a translucent glass walls and colorful design, Kujuz is a perfect space for relaxing with many sitting corners, quiet and soothing atmosphere. It is suitable for appointments with friends in the cool afternoons. Or if traveling alone, visitors can choose an indoor seat to just sip a glass of coffee and watch the colorful window boxes and the dense canopies outside. In particular, you will hand serving yourself because the bar does not has a certain staff. The Kujuzis located on Tran Quy Khoach Street (District 1) where travelers can enjoy fabulous drinks with an average price of only 2 USD.

Fix Republic

If you are a photography traveler and would like to meet people with the same interests, the Fix Republic is an interesting place you should not ignore. Located inside the dormitory on the road of Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Fix Republic Café would not separate from the modern life of Saigon but it features a quiet and artistic space.  The menu of beverage is also eye-catching design, not the common pretty small menus, but the huge tables hold by the staff. Drinks are also quite diverse with plentiful types, such as coffee, tea, soda, juice...  with an average price of just 1USD.

Ut Lanh

Get an idea of Saigon in the 80-90s, Ut Lanh entirely decorated by popular items that will make you think of an ancient house in the past. A bit familiar, somewhere memorize about the childhood will make visitors filled with interesting thoughts. It is said that all items in the shop has been “hunted” and collected around the city by the owners. The menu in the coffee is not only diverse, but also all kinds of juice and cakes, remind the child life of Vietnamese people such as children's bread, tube cakes, pickled sauces, snacks, small bags of dried beef… Another thing attracts visitors to Ut Lanh is that all the drinks are prepared in accordance by the owners including lemon juice with salt, pickled sauces, pineapple cucumber with milk, coffee...

Vot Coffee 

In Saigon, There are many famous cafés including the Cheo Leo at the Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment or the shop in the alley of 330 on Phan Dinh Phung Street of Ba family. Each shop is run by the older people, so travelers can learn more interesting stories and memories of the city in these places. The unique name Vot Coffee is called after the coffee appliances. Instead of using the filter or powder to make a drink as usual, these bars use a racket with a fabric to filter the coffee. This mixing process also follows many strange stages, requiring the bartender to be very meticulous and knowledgeable to procedure a cup of coffee with the right flavor.

Climb Mua Mountain to Admire the Fascinating Green Rice Fields

Travelers oftenwait for the harvest season in June to admire the vast yellow rice fields beside Ngo Dong. However, therice fields in May have a special beauty,with an endless green color of paddy.

People travel to Ninh Binh Province usually come to Trang An, Bai Dinh and Tam Coc – Bich Dong, but the only thing enchants us is the impressive natural scenery with a tranquil atmosphere.

Floating a boat in Tam Coc is a stunning experience, but standing atop of the mountain and observing the amazing scene of majestic nature and tiny people will be a lifetime experience when taking an adventure in Ninh Binh.

According a friend’s introduction, we reached Mua Cave, a complex of karst caves and mountain in Tam Coc - Bich Dong located in Ninh Xuan Commune, Hoa Lu.

People said that Mua Cave is the place where Tran kings often came and watched the dances of the concubines, thus the cave was named Mua.

When the golden sunshine in the afternoon pours down the Mua Mountain, you will feel like being lost in the world of fairy. A road bends around the mountains leads to the top where the towers standing as a symbol of the mountain.

The atmosphere on the mountain is very quiet and fresh because not many tourists come here. Occasionally, there are some people who come and go in silence, as feared just a little noise will break the poetic setting.

Conquering more than 400 stone stairs to reach the peak of Mua Mount will be an interesting challenge. However, travelers will be worthily rewarded by an incredible panorama of vast green field spreading in the majestic mountains and the mighty Ngo Dong River.

So far are the villages and the cities with a vivid life. Climbing up the mountain, most towers gradually in views, only the tower on the highest point remains challenging. Inspired by the beautiful landscape of Tam Coc, you will be full of motivation to finish the last steps. You will absolutely be overwhelmed by the view from the top of Mua Mount.

The statue of Guanyin on top, the Ngo Dong River bending around the limestone mountain embracing green fields, and thesmall boats floating on the waterways painting a heaven scenery that mesmerize all visitors.

From a high, the boats look like tiny dark spots, dotted on the background of the woven picture of mountains, green rice fields, and the winding stream.

Amongthe silent space, you can hear voice of the ferrymen singing on the river followed the winds spreads in to the atmosphere.

Faltered for a moment, we trek down the mountain to visit other interesting places. Mua Mountain has a beautiful cave as a resting place for travelers. There is also a small path at the gate of the cave with the name Pearl Stream.

Pearl Stream in essence is an underground river crossing the cave that we could only stand on itsuneven bank. The other side of the cave is rice paddies and a small dirt road under the foot of the mountain with a signpost "Tam Coc sightseeing path".

On rainy days, the road covered in mud. Finally, we can seethe river from a post behind a rice plot. Only over a month from then, the entire field will be covered with a yellow color, offering a dreaming scene of majestic nature in the golden fields.

The landscape is so beautiful that make travelers do not want to leave.

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